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Explore this month's posting of book reviews. You and your students may enjoy reading these noteworthy releases:

Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless!

Authored By: Saul Griffith, Joost Bonsen, and Nick Dragotta

Published: September 2007

Build the sixteen cool projects described in this graphic do-it-yourself. Projects include a PVC marshmallow shooter, a bottle rocket charged with a bike pump, and a whoopee cushion made with a wire coat hanger and a washer. Along with the projects are ideas for setting up a workshop, equipping a tool bucket, and learning about the different tools. A glossary is included.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Science & Tech


Authored By: Marilyn Singer

Published: October 2007

When the subject of venomous animals is raised, snakes, bees, and spiders are quickly mentioned, but what about caterpillars, toads, water bugs, shrews, the hooded pituhui (a bird), and even the red eft? You’ll find more than a few surprises in this natural history. The book features many full-color photos of poisonous creatures in their natural habitats on land, in the water, and in the air. The author has included a glossary, bibliography, and webliography.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Science & Tech

Whoosh Boom Splat: The Garage Warrior's Guide to Building Projectile Shooters

Authored By: William Gurstelle

Published: March 2007

The projects in this collection are potentially dangerous and require close adult supervision. That said, nightlighters, pulse jets (the power behind the German V-1), elastic zip cannons, mechanical toe, and more will furnish plenty of experience in following directions, building from plans, and getting a charge out of the physical sciences. All projects list materials and sources, provide photos of steps and completed projects, and stress safety.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Science & Tech

Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Nature's Footprints

Authored By: Jim Arnosky

Published: April 2008

Learn to identify the tracks of North American mammals, birds, and reptiles. Arnosky’s guide has dozens of tracks, many life-size. Compare the tracks of our two largest bears: the Grizzly and the Polar bear. Why do you think one has larger feet? In addition to the tracks, Arnosky includes natural history for the different animal groups covered.

Resource Type: Recommended Non-PBS Book

Subject: Science & Tech

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